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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

  • Oranienburg, Brandenburg, Germany

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

Operating from 1936 to 1945, Sachsenhausen was one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps during World War II. It was initially designed as a model camp to serve as a training ground for SS officers. However, it soon became a place of unimaginable suffering and death for tens of thousands of prisoners.

Sachsenhausen held political dissidents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and other groups deemed undesirable by the Nazis. The prisoners endured harsh conditions, forced labor, medical experiments, and brutal treatment. The camp also housed execution facilities, gas chambers, and crematoria, where thousands of prisoners were systematically murdered.

Liberation came in April 1945 when the Soviet Army arrived. Today, Sachsenhausen stands as a memorial and museum, providing visitors with a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust and the importance of learning from history.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 14
Age suitable: 14+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The best way to visit is on a guided tour from the city. See our recommendations below in the ‘organised tours’ seciton.

If you prefer to go independently, get a regional train (RB or RE) from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (the central train station) to Oranienburg, which takes approximately 30 minutes. From Oranienburg station, you can either walk for about 25 minutes or take a bus (line 804 or 821) to the memorial site. The bus journey takes around 10 minutes.

You can book a tow-hour guided tour directly with the museum by filling out the form on the website. Min age 14 and book 4 months ahead.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Berlin

The former concentration camp Sachsenhausen was the first purposely built camp to be established as a center for terror, fear, persecution, torture, experimentation and murder. Initially it imprisoned those the Nazi's deemed to be racially, socially or politically inferior. On your way to the former concentration camp pass through the local town of Oranienburg and learn how the population supported and benefited from its operation. Your expert, licensed guide will accompany you through the former prison/punisment cells, infirmaries, barracks, gas chamber and crematoria. Learn stories of valour and solidarity amongst the inmates in the face of an almost hopeless situation. During our tour you will visit the Inspectorate of Camps, from this innocuous looking building the Nazi's controlled the entire concentration camp sytem of Europe. For every ticket sold we donate €2 towards the upkeep and future restoration of the former concentration camp

Price €25

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Rating 4.83 / 5 [2693 ratings]

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  • Berlin

Head north of Berlin ( about 1 hours by train) for a tour into the past at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. While you explore the memorial site with a guide, you'll learn the history of the camp and those imprisoned here, providing an essential background to Germany's past and present.

Price €27

Min age 0

Rating 4.78 / 5 [1238 ratings]

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  • Berlin

La visita guiada por el campo de concentración de Sachsenhausen te ayudará a comprender la Historia del horror nazi y a explorar los límites de la opresión política y la crueldad humana. Conoce las historia y las mejores anécdotas de manos de nuestros guías especializados. La duración del tour es de 5:30 horas incluyendo el trayecto de ida y vuelta desde Berlín.

Price €39

Min age 0

Rating 4.94 / 5 [1118 ratings]

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  • Berlin

Visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial on this private tour from Berlin. With a licensed guide who will answer your questions and tailor the tour to your interests, you’ll get in-depth insight to the history of the camp and the intentions behind it.

Price €245

Min age 2

Rating 4.85 / 5 [103 ratings]

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